New York City cooking crime books?
An interesting report that New York City may be cooking the books on its crime statistics.
It wouldn't be the first time. If memory serves me correction, at one point in the early 1960s the folks who compiled the FBI Uniform Crime Statisics stopped taking reports from NYC, on the grounds that the figures were obviously cooked to make NYC sound safer than it was.
Once read a comment (from the British standpoint) that you can compile crime figures, and run sophisticated statistical tests and analyses on the results, but in the end it all comes down to the local constable, and he puts down whatever he damn well pleases.
Local variation on the above: some localities refuse to take gas station's reports of driveaways. Reason: it counts as petty theft, raises the theft figures, and makes it look as if the city is a hotbed of theft, compared to other cities which likewise aren't reporting them